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Superbaby: 12 Ways to Give Your Child a Head Start in the First 3 Years

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The first three years of life are the most important for nurturing a child's full potential: that's when they start forming attachments, developing a sense of self, and learning to trust. During this time, there are critical windows of opportunity that parents can take advantage of-if they know how. In a dozen succinct yet information-packed chapters, award-winning columni ...more
ebook, 432 pages
Published September 1st 2010 by Sterling
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Becky
I should have read the introduction better and browsed the topics in the table of contents before I started reading this book. At first, I was going to read this book straight through and implement all "12 ways to give your child a head start in the first 3 years." I felt like I needed to do this because I have a 3 1/2 year old and a 1 year old at the time & if it was too late for my 3 1/2 yr old then my 1 year old would at least only be a year behind.
The first chapter was overwhelming. It i
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Erica
Apr 18, 2013 Erica rated it liked it
after reading reviews on this book, it seems like I had the same experience as most readers. the author comes off as very "holier than thou" in a parental sort if way, and once you read the first chapter you feel like a failure for sitting around and enjoying your child's life. why aren't you enrolling them in preschool? went aren't you teaching them a foreign language? and heaven forbid why are you letting them watch tv while you have some coveted down time?
once I got the hang of rolling my ey
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J
Apr 07, 2013 J rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: parenting
I tried really hard to take this book seriously, but just couldn’t... everything “Bringing up Bebe" mocks and more is preached in this book.

The book starts off by saying that it won’t tell you how to create a “superbaby” and then proceeds to try to do just that. Parental anxieties about raising successful children are poked and prodded to ridiculous levels. Apparently teaching your baby a second (and possibly third) language as well as sign language by the age of 3 is a requirement. As are a mi
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Sarah
Mar 02, 2011 Sarah rated it liked it
I liked this book. The SuperBaby title is a little misleading - it's not about applying some formula to your baby to make them some kind of genius. This book has a lot of interesting research, and not as much practical how-to. For example, it gave a lot of interesting research about the toxins in disposable diapers and listed some options (clothing diapering, EC), but didn't go through step-by-step how to apply these approaches.

This book can really be read straight through - the research is real
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Amy
Mar 26, 2012 Amy rated it liked it
I will come clean and say that "read" is a bit of an overstatement. I skimmed this book and read parts of chapters that were more appealing to me. I don't know that anything that I skimmed was some earth shattering piece of information. My favorite chapters were "Talk the Talk" and "Different Kind of Toy Story". I completely skipped (as in did not even skim) the foreign language and signing chapters ("Talk to the Hand" and "Babies Without Borders"). I liked how the book was organized and also li ...more
Elsha van de Boogaard
Jan 08, 2011 Elsha van de Boogaard rated it did not like it
While this book has some good points, there's nothing in here I haven't read before. The author is condescending and contradictory. She spends an entire chapter on how important it is to teach young children a second language and then gives "easy" methods for doing so, all of which require someone living with the child to be fluent or hiring someone who is fluent. She stresses the importance of being "green" but then dismisses cloth diapers as "gross" and assumes anyone who uses them must also b ...more
Gingeraltoids
Feb 15, 2012 Gingeraltoids rated it it was ok
The title was off-putting to me, and the author seems to assume that the reader has a certain socioeconomic status necessitated by her suggestions (Mandarin lessons, anyone?). However there were some useful tidbits for enriching your child's environment. The section on TV viewing seemed well-researched.
Keli Wright
Jan 09, 2012 Keli Wright rated it it was ok
this book got two stars because it it had a COUPLE good ideas other than that it was just her ideas and thoughts and feelings and I feel like they are geared to make you feel guilty if you are not the idealistic perfect parent she is..like it was all like "this is the perfect way!" and here are all these studies to prove it... whatever..
jay walker
Feb 01, 2012 jay walker rated it it was ok
If you've read any other parenting books, there's not a lot of new material in this book. It can at times be so repetitive I felt it to be condescending and some things I found to be a little extreme (for example: no tickling because it shows physical dominance over your child). But enough interesting ideas and pointers to flip through, I stopped reading it page-for-page about halfway through.
Lily
Feb 17, 2011 Lily rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: baby, 2011, parenting
This is the BEST parenting guide I have read thus far. Dr. Jenn culls ideas and research from an impressive number of publications to put forth a practical and inspiring series of insights into child development and parenting. Although some of her suggestions were a little over the top (I had difficulty buying the notion that raising tri-lingual children in a home where both parents are mono-lingual is a modern day necessity), most were quite doable. I approached the chapter on sign language wit ...more
Elizabeth
Sep 07, 2012 Elizabeth rated it really liked it
Such an unfortunate title. What was the author thinking? She even says in her introduction that her point is not to help you create some uber-baby. Instead Ms. Berman dedicates one chapter to each of ten ideas or ways to help your child start out on the right foot. None of the ideas are earth-shattering revelations, they aren't expensive (or don't need to be), and they aren't difficult. In all honesty they are pretty common sense, although my experience has been that constant bombardment by the ...more
Molly
Nov 12, 2011 Molly rated it liked it
Shelves: parenthood
10/21: The introduction made me set the book down and think, "Maybe this book isn't for me."

I got to: "Researchers now know that children are born with an IQ range that can vary as much as thirty points, depending upon outside factors."

This is valid and fine and nine thousand percent not for me. I'm not reading this book so Maya becomes smarter, even though the title says otherwise. I'm reading it because I love the idea of creating a rich environment for my daughter, and I love culling books a
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Becky
Jun 28, 2016 Becky rated it it was amazing
As anxious pregnant woman and newbie parent, I was thrilled with the comprehensive nature of this book. Dr. Jenn gives lots of information and summaries of the parenting literature. And, I am in love with the charts, tables, and format of the book. It is a great reference book for suggested books, toys, developmental stages and parenting strategies. Dr Jenn's tone is approachable and concrete, which is very appealing.

That being said, Dr Jenn takes a hard stance on the issues that are important t
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Julie R.
Jan 30, 2015 Julie R. rated it did not like it
This book should be called Everything Can Hurt Your Baby. I started with the It's Easy to be Green chapter. Yeah right. I need to be cleaning my house with water and vinegar, apparently. All my six month old son's toys are probably toxic. The cotton in his clothes is full of pesticides. There's an anecdote from this lady who had a baby with eczema. My six-month old has it as well. This woman says she did some research and "What I discovered was shocking-everything in my home, including the produ ...more
jacky
May 29, 2012 jacky rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
I really enjoyed this one. I thought it was going to be gimmicky and unrealistic. With a title like Superbaby, I thought for sure it would go against how I feel about pushing kids to do too much. But, this book is not like that at all. It outlines 12 ways to give your child an advantage the first three years. A few of them I found more cumbersome than the average parent is going to be willing to try (such as teaching a second language if you don't speak one already or ridding your home of all th ...more
Laurie
Jun 20, 2014 Laurie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think the author did a fantastic job of describing many of the ways that children learn and grow. Many of the points the author makes I already knew from college courses I have taken in the past. I feel that a lot of the previous reviewers did not really "read" the book. She brings the reader many options for parents that want to teach their children a foreign language or sign language that may not have the financial resources to hire someone to help. When it comes to TV, she says that it is n ...more
Rebecca Mack
Jan 04, 2017 Rebecca Mack rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, 2016
I've read and skimmed quite a few books about parenthood and babies since having my first born last spring, but this one has been my absolute favorite so far. Trust me when I say you can get lost in the shelves and become buried in an information overload. But Dr. Jenn Berman, a family and child therapist who has appeared on hundreds of shows, including Oprah, The Today Show, and CNN, manages to deliver mounds of information in palatable spoonfuls.

The focus of this book is to home in on twelve
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Jessica
Oct 24, 2016 Jessica rated it really liked it
I have a love-hate relationship with parenting books. There is something about parenting "experts" who share anecdote after anecdote of times that they quickly and easily corrected their friends and clients to solve all parenting problems that tend to rub me the wrong way. I don't believe in a one-size-fits-all parenting approach and the tone, as others have mentioned, is a bit condescending. Yet I continue to read these books because I am interested in what has worked for others and curious abo ...more
Jenn
Jan 01, 2011 Jenn rated it liked it
This book had great advice for dealing with 18month olds and above and I will remind myself to revisit it during those years. The information on babies was okay. Lots was info/research from other authors so I'll pick up their books for the full story (I know and want Noah on a schedule but how if he wakes at a different time each day). I think Dr. Jenn is a parent possibly to the extreme (3year old twins know 3 languages plus ASL, did not see any TV until 3yrs old, etc) but I did feel like I cou ...more
E
May 09, 2013 E rated it did not like it
I borrowed this, looked it through, and decided not to waste any time reading it. The main reason was that the supposedly up-to-date research basis for several of the chapters is shaky and the recommendations (particularly in the chapter about raising a multilingual child) are questionable, consumption-driven, and/or simplistic (such as endorsing baby sign classes, baby second-language courses, and employing speakers of other languages in the home). The author may be a clinical psychologist, but ...more
Carrie Rose
Jul 10, 2013 Carrie Rose rated it did not like it
This was a tricky book to review, because I did find it interesting but I also disagreed with the author's points enough to make me dislike the book. Just the name of this book tipped me off that I disagreed with the author! I think the crazed parents trying to give their babies a "head start" are taking everything way too far. I think the most important thing is to give babies lots of love and attention (which is hard to do when they're away from home taking classes in Mandarin, like the author ...more
Shirley
Apr 08, 2011 Shirley rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
I liked browing through this book for the anecdotes that are sprinkled throughout the book (it's always fun to read about other parents' experiences!) The two sections that really caught my eye were 1) how sign language benefits young children (by developing both sides of the brain and enabling them to communicate with their hands before they can communicate verbally) and 2) how growing up bilingual (or even trilingual!) can make children more verbal and expressive. There's also a section on the ...more
Guillermo
Sep 06, 2012 Guillermo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book contains a lot of good tips about parenting. I personally selected this book because it was recommended by a friend. The advice given in here is easy to follow most of the time, but some things like going all organic in food & all pure cotton fabrics are not so easy. I understand that babies nowadays are more exposed to dangerous chemicals in the environment, in the food, fabrics and even toys, so trying to eliminate these elements from them is important, but it is also expensive.

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Asiah
May 17, 2012 Asiah rated it really liked it
Shelves: bringing-up-baby


It's a good survey book of other parenting books and methods. It can be a bit preachy and for nervous new parents might make you upset that you haven't stared teaching your kid Sign language at 3 months or enrolled them in Chinese classes. But I'd you're not the A rupee personality I think you can take the good from this and move on. I liked the information about toxins, more encouragement about living tv free, scheduling, routines, reading books to your child and communication. The bits on pre
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Jessica Kolodziej
Oct 12, 2013 Jessica Kolodziej rated it it was ok
You have a baby and all you want is to be the best for your little cutie. This is a lot of book with very basic principles we've heard before. Your baby will be a Superbaby if you talk to them a lot, teach them to sign, don't let them watch too much TV and keep them away from toxic house cleaners and the like. Another author with advice, some of it common sense and you read it in hopes you have a kid that thrives. Sometimes I wonder though if reading all these parenting books doesn't make you cr ...more
Lenore Webb
Sep 16, 2010 Lenore Webb rated it liked it
Shelves: baby-pregnancy
I have always felt that knowledge is power. So teaching your child gives them a head start on life. And those first three years can be ever so important. Superbaby is a book that helps you with tools, tips and techniques to help your child with their potential. I love that it gives you ways to reduce resistance and avoid tantrums. This will really help my niece and nephew with their middle daughter. She is already quite a handful. But there are more tools on sleep habits, language development, s ...more
Danielle
Sep 11, 2012 Danielle rated it liked it


Full of so much information -- overwhelming! It took me a long time to read because my brain was on overload every few pages.
A lot of good info and tips for raising a happy and healthy child, but I felt some of it is a bit overkill.... Based on some the authors stats and recommendations, it is amazing that any of us ever survived being raised by our parents. I think it could have been organized a bit better as well, it's kind of a jumbled mess. But I did gain some knowledge and I know my child
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Sassan
Mar 11, 2015 Sassan rated it really liked it
A good solid read. This book provided lots of solid tips on important issues ranging from the importance of sign language to all important topics concerning your baby. I would only caution that in certain claims and assertions that she makes, she does not provide solid evidence in her claims. For example she rails against GMOs when the science has shown them to be completely safe. She exaggerates certain claims in which the consensus among scientists might not be in her favor. Saying this, it wa ...more
Lori
Jan 03, 2011 Lori rated it really liked it
Well, despite the ridiculously pretentious title, this was actually a worthwhile read. I don't plan on producing a 'superbaby' but this book does a nice job of collecting all recent research on popular topics, and giving you tips and advice on how to give your child the best possible chance. (Which is all we can do right!) Favorite chapters were on feeding and sign language, while the tv chapter was just plain terrifying! (I think maybe it would be better if they just stopped doing those studies ...more
Alissa
Feb 09, 2011 Alissa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The author is a little self-righteous at times, but her research and advice is solid (hence the three stars). A good book for those looking for the latest research on hot parenting topics such as reading, positive discipline/communication and tv. My favorite part of the book - the chapter advocating signing with your baby. This is also an easy book to skim with bold subject headings and lots of numbered lists. Very easy to dip in and out of to read about the subjects that interest you most.
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